I’ve just left Umbria after a wonderful few days in the country exploring many of surrounding towns.
We stayed in a village called Rocca Ripesena, famous for its roses. The village is very small with just six families, including Giorgio Trentin who now rents his family villa and has bought and built adjoining properties to create the Misia Country Resort.
In addition to the five-bedroom villa with wonderful living spaces and kitchen, Giorgio has an apartment for two people with a magnificent terrace and panoramic views. There are also 10 rooms of varying sizes dotted around the ever-expanding property. It’s certainly not your typical hotel as Giorgio and his sister, who have week about managing the property, add a homey and family dimension interacting with guests and sharing local knowledge.
The hub of Misia is the reception room for want of a better description. From behind the bar Giorgio manages the hotel registrations, makes the cappuccino, serves the wine and gives directions from his well-worn map.
Giorgio claims the eclectic and stunning interior is his own doing. From beautiful domed cream leather seating in the breakfast room there is wrought iron furniture and old leather chairs he has collected from far and wide.
While the hotel currently only serves breakfast, Giorgio showed me another building currently under construction. This complex will serve as a cooking school and restaurant and is due for completion early 2017.
Buildings aside, the property is great because of its central location in the heart of Umbria. While Tuscany has been a favourite with travellers for many years, less touristy Umbria by comparison has just as much to offer.
It’s less than 10- minute drive to the ancient, fortified town of Orvieto where there are many great restaurants. It is also close to Todi, vying with Orvieto as our favourite town in the region. Umbria’s capital Perugio, Assisi, Civita and Montefalco also well worth visiting and all of this is 90- minutes from Rome.